The Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy is a level 9 award validated by IT Carlow.
The programme has an innovative design based on a spiral curriculum consists of four modules. During modules 1-3 all years train together as one residential community with equal weight given to skills, theory and personal development. An integrated approach to their delivery is facilitated by the experiential structure of the course which affords many opportunities to link theory and practice and foster the development of a reflexive practitioner
- Modules 1-3, are delivered over 4 years as a part-time residential programme. In addition to attendance at workshops and study days, students are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of the programme.
Students not progressing to Module 4 will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Level 9, 60 credits). This part of the programme is accredited by IAHIP and IACP and on successful completion all students will be eligible to begin their accreditation process with one of these bodies.
- Module 4 is the dissertation module. Delivered over 18 months, this module includes some taught weekends as well as individual supervisions/tutorials. Successful completion of all four modules will result in the award of Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
See detailed Programme structure.
At the end of year 2 students are assessed for readiness to begin a clinical placement. During this placement they are required to complete a minimum 200 hours client work and receive regular clinical supervision from an accredited, IGC approved supervisor.
The IGC programme provides a warm, nourishing community that facilitates learning within a group environment. Students are encouraged to be active participants in their own learning and involved members of a learning community. On graduation from the programme further training and support is available including a post practicum group, CPD workshops in Ireland and Europe, training in group facilitation and supervision and advanced workshops led by international experts.
Life after training
Once you have completed Modules 1-3 you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as a psychotherapist. For details how to gain and maintain accreditation please refer the relevant professional organisation website.
There is a thriving post-training group which meets regularly and provides many opportunities for networking. Its members are generous with their support for therapists embarking on their careers.
Post-practicum reflection groups and CPD opportunities with international trainers ensure that graduates are well supported after they finish their training.
Since 1983, the IGC training has consistently produced therapists of quality not just qualified therapists. It has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally and its graduates work in a wide range of places including universities, colleges, the HSE, voluntary organisations and private practice. See Graduate Testimonials.
Entry to the training programme is at graduate or equivalent level. Selection is made on the basis of personal development as well as prior experience and academic aptitude. In line with research evidence, we believe that the person of the therapist, and the strength of the relationships they are able to make, are the most important factors in predicting good therapeutic outcome. More information on Admission criteria.
IGC programmes are delivered at Teach Bhride, a Holistic Education Centre in Tullow, Co. Carlow. Accommodation is in single rooms some of which are en-suite. The venue has been highly commended by students, external examiners and IT Carlow as particularly well suited to the delivery of psychotherapy training. Accommodation fees are payable directly to the venue and are not included in programme fees. Food is of a high standard and all meals and snacks are included at a fee of €56 per day.
Every member of IGC staff is a highly experienced and currently practising therapist. Their experience is both complementary and diverse and includes supervision, group dynamics, play therapy, bodywork, teaching at Masters level and research. Staff members are active in professional associations and some have served on their governing bodies.
Cumulatively the team has more than 150 years of clinical and teaching experience. Details of staff, their interests and qualifications can be found on the Training staff page.
Fees are €4,400 per year plus an annual IT Carlow student registration fee of €250.00. Once registered as an IT Carlow student, you will receive a student card and can claim tax relief on your fees. Fees are payable by bank transfer.
Dissertation module fees are €6,600 plus an IT Carlow student registration fee of €250.00. We would normally expect students to submit their dissertation within an 18 month period. If the student does not submit the dissertation within this time-frame there will be additional costs.
In addition to programme fees:
- Students are required to attend personal therapy for the duration of modules 1-3 at their own expense.
- Students on clinical placement are required to attend supervision in a ratio of 1 supervision to every 4 client sessions at their own expense.
- All students must be members of a professional association and subject to that body’s Code of Ethics.
If you wish to apply for the Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy please complete the Application Form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programme Dates 2017-2018
October 2017 Wednesday 04th – Sunday 08th
January 2018 Wednesday 03rd – Sunday 07th
April 2018 Wednesday 04th – Sunday 08th
June 2018 Friday 15th – Sunday 24th
September 2017 Friday 01st – Sunday 03rd
February 2018 Friday 16th – Sunday 18th
July 2018 Friday 27th – Sunday 29th
Plus: individual supervisions to be negotiated with academic supervisor